Pheromones: Potential Participants in Your Sex Life
Implications for Fertility and Depression
Despite the gap in our knowledge, these remarkable studies about pheromones
and menstrual cycles have brought to light the idea that pheromones could be
used as fertility treatments for couples who want to conceive, or as
contraceptives for those who don't. And couples who are having sexual problems
could use pheromones combined with traditional therapy to enhance desire. It's
also possible, some researchers say, that pheromones could be a mood enhancer,
alleviating depression and stress. And the most far-reaching hypothesis so far
is that pheromone treatment could control prostate activity in men to reduce
the risk of cancer.
Subtle but Strong Influence
If you're looking for the man or woman of your dreams,
unsuspecting pheromones in your body scent are most likely playing a large and
very clever role in mate attraction. According to an article in "Psychology
Today," how our body odors are perceived as pleasant and sexy to another
person is a highly selective process. We usually smell best to a person whose
genetically based immunity to disease differs most from our own. This could
benefit you in the long run, making for stronger, healthier children.
Seventy-four percent of the people who tested a commercial
pheromone called Athena, developed by Dr. Cutler, experienced an increase in
hugging, kissing and sexual intercourse. Maybe the best advice to those looking
for a mate or wanting to take their relationship to a new level is to take a
good long sniff!